Saturday, July 4, 2009

The One That Was Lost


Title: The One That Was Lost
Author: TC Blue
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-721-3
Genre: Gay {M/M} Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Jamie knows helping Michael fight for the man he loves was the right thing to do. The thirty-four year old psychologist is ready to settle down, but refuses to gain happiness at the sake of others. He finally meets Elliot, the bane of Michael’s existence, and he knows El isn’t quite what others believe him to be. While he enjoys spending time with El, Jamie won’t look to find his forever love with a known player.

El has survived a large number of painful firsts. Under that player exterior exists a wounded soul that would rather cover up the pain with one-night stands than allow someone entry to his heart. Traumatized, El attempts to escape by going to Boston under the pretense of assisting the happy new couple. Jamie wants to help El heal, and the men hit it off splendidly, developing a strong friendship along the way. Soon emotions neither expected to flourish come crashing over them. One man runs while the other hides from his hurt. Will they decide love is worth a try? Can Jamie and El learn to trust each other?

The One That Was Lost is TC Blue’s second book in the One and One series. Jamie is older, wiser, handsome and brilliant. He could have any man he wants, and his heart has chosen El. Elliot’s background may be humble, but his persona is larger than life. I loved this about his character. Regardless of the situation, El knew how to handle himself and those around him. I understood his fear when love came knocking, and could actually understand his initial reaction. TC Blue writes about a few of the harder issues of life in this installment and handles them with gentleness and ease. After discovering El’s past, I gained new insight and found myself rooting for him. I wanted to see him happy and in love with a man who saw his true worth.

Jamie brought out El’s romantic nature and gave him a genuine friendship, which became a precious gift for El to relish. He also helped El learn to face his trauma and share his pain. When he began to open up, I knew El would turn his back on his old lifestyle. Jamie saw his worth and helped El to recognize it himself. El helped Jamie learn to live again, to be spontaneous and care free. I watched the years melt away from Jamie, who seemed to be living life like an old man, until El reintroduced him to passion and fun. Their laughter and time exploring Boston seemed more intimate to me than their erotic encounters. In those moments, their guards were down creating a safe haven to simply share and learn about one another. I found The One That Was Lost to be a well-written sequel and look forward to reading more from TC Blue in the future.

Behaving Badly


Title: Behaving Badly
Author: G.A. Hauser
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
Publisher URL: http://www.lindenbayromance.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60202-165-5
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

The chaos that is the life of Mark Antonius Richfield has finally settled. His full-time day job is fulfilling; his life with lover, Steve is wonderful, and his new part-time career as a fashion model has his half-naked photographs plastered all over town. The only downside to his life is his continued unhappiness with the changes in his thirty-seven year-old body. Then to slap age in his face, a stunning young man shows up on their doorstep claiming to be Mark’s illegitimate, eighteen year-old son, Alexander.

Alex is a mini-clone of Mark at the same age; gorgeous, hot, sexy, mischievous and with a voracious appetite for men, especially handsome older men…just like Steve. Mark and Steve open their home to Alex, taking a crash course on being good parents, forcing them to deal with Alex’s over-sexed libido and roving hands. Can Mark’s fragile ego and low self-esteem survive the new and unexpected complications in his life, or will he come out the loser in the game of love?

Behaving Badly is the fourth release in G.A. Hauser’s ongoing Action! series and I’ll admit upfront that this one is my favorite, thus far. After seeing Mark’s unsettled and self-destructive behavior in the last book, I was thrilled that he had finally gotten it through his head that he was loved; not only by Steve, but Jack and Adam as well. The author has done a wonderful job expressing the intense physical and emotional connection these four men have for each other.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Mark become the parent he always wanted to be, spoiling his newly discovered son, at the same time he was trying to guide and curb his inappropriate behavior to every gay man he came in contact with. Alex had a rough and unhappy childhood just like Mark, which only made the elder Richfield more protective, giving him a reason to shower the younger man with gifts and attention. What wasn’t so nice to see was Alex’s inability to stop the constant flirting and sexual innuendos directed at his father’s partner, causing stress and misgivings for both adults in the house. These vividly described scenes are where Ms. Hauser excelled, allowing the reader into the hearts and minds of all three men, and what they were feeling.

The ‘black moment’, which I won’t reveal, and its aftermath is perfectly executed, bringing all the male characters together to deal with the crisis. The culmination scenes adds Mark’s mother and soon-to-be stepfather to the cast, rounding out and giving the story a little jab of history, allowing a further understanding of why Mark acted as he did. Then there’s the happily-ever-after, which is perfect for the four friends…Mark, Steve, Jack and Adam. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book with these four men; wait, make that six men. I can’t forget Alex and his new boyfriend, Oliver, the son of Angel Loveday.

Bottom's Up: Triplesex


Title: Bottom's Up: Triplesex
Author: Amanda Young
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60272-538-6
Genre: Contemporary Ménage {M/M/M}
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

A secret thrill raced through Professor Caleb White at the thought of nearly eight weeks free of students and classes. Looking forward to spending a vacation with his long term partner Zaki, Caleb plans to make up for all those long he worked and neglected his partner. He is a little worried that Zaki might start to look at other men and leave him. When Zaki calls and ask that they meet at Henley’s bar, Caleb is surprised when his lover gives him a very unique beginning of summer gift.

Bottom’s Up: Triplesex is another sexy addition in the Bottom’s Up series. In this episode, the creative Amanda Young kicks it up a notch with some extra spice. I look forward to the next enjoyable installment of this delightful series.

Notturno


Title: Notturno
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-035-1
Genre: Contemporary M/M Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Adin Tredeger is a Professor of Literature at a small private university, as well as being famous in academic circles as an authority on rare and antique erotica. He travels the world, following rumors that could lead to the next big find. When he learns of the existence of a well-preserved five hundred year-old homoerotic journal, Adin realizes that acquiring the manuscript could be the highpoint of his already successful career. He wants it, intends to have it, and is determined to keep it safe.

Donte Fedelta wrote the journal, and it records the intimate details of his affair with, and feelings for, his one true love. It was lost near the end of WWII and now that it has somehow resurfaced, he wants it back. He’s willing to use all his vampire wiles, tricks and seduction on Adin to get his hands on it again and if that doesn’t work, there’s always robbery. What neither of them knows is that a violent third party is just as determined to possess the journal, even if that means killing to get it.

I’ve never met a Z.A. Maxfield story I didn’t like and this intriguing, complex and well-written book isn’t any different. To my knowledge, this is the first book where the talented author has delved into the paranormal, and I’m happy to say with Notturno, she didn’t disappoint.

Adin is a cocky, self-confident academic who doesn’t realize how precarious and uncertain life can be until he comes into contact a man who turns his life upside down, pulling him into a dangerous world he didn’t know existed. Donte is just the opposite. He’s mysterious, sexy, arrogant, a little stiff, and not entirely likable. After all, he was a nobleman while alive and has had five centuries to develop his cold and calculating vampire persona. These two men, while completely different, are the perfect compliment for the other and they come together with intense passion and blistering hot desire. Yet, both Adin and Donte are honest in their need to recover the journal and work independently to do so.

Ms. Maxfield has created an interesting contemporary world inhabited by vampires firmly entrenched in the contemporary world. I loved it when Donte admitted that the only way to travel from place to place was by plane or automobile, just like anyone else, and he drives a…you’ll never guess; a rented Volvo. And Adin’s almost constant irreverence to the potentially deadly Donte was a hoot, making me chuckle more than once. It also made Donte appear more human. The secondary characters are vital to this tale, propelling it forward, and giving it depth and grit, and they are intriguing men in their own right. In fact, I’d like to know more Edward, Tuan and Boaz sometime in the future. Hint…hint.

Sorcerer's Lover II


Title: Sorcerer's Lover II
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60272-537-9
Genre: Historical {M/M}
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

In this episode, Benedict is confined to his beloved older brother Henry’s castle, for his protection, against the kingdom’s enemies. The king is dying and Henry expects an attack. Benedict has no interest in political matters. However when the attack does come, shortly after Warin arrives to free Benedict from the castle, Benedict is faced with the dilemma of fleeing with his lover or fighting at Henry’s side.

Sorcerer’s Lover II is the second installment of this wonderful historical saga created by Shawn Lane, the love between Benedict and Warin continues to be strong and very sensual with an added layer of intrigue. I look forward to the next episode of this fascinating and enjoyable series.

Sorcerer's Lover


Title: Sorcerer's Lover
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60272-365-8
Genre: Historical {M/M}
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Perched in a tree awaiting the arrival of the king’s son Benedict, Warin, a sorcerer plans to capture Benedict and hold him for ransom so that he can free his sister from her abductor. Warin succeeds with his plan; however the time he spends with Benedict makes it hard to release him and Benedict is reluctant to leave Warin after the ransom is paid.

Sorcerer’s Lover is a romantic discovery of forbidden love. Their minds tell them that this love can never be, but their hearts refuse to let go of the bond they have to each other. Shawn Lane has created a most enjoyable love story in a historical setting.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Nest


Title: The Nest
Author: G.S. Wiley
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-220-8
Genre: Gay {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Jay McIntyre became a man, before his time, when his mother opted to lead an uncomplicated life. She left Jay to care for his three siblings and to find a way to supply for their needs. Jay didn’t whine; he stepped up to the plate and did what was necessary to keep his family intact. Now, his mission is to keep Social Services out of the picture and food on the table.

Police Constable Brendan Cuddy sees the handsome younger man and his instincts won’t allow Jay’s words to be considered the gospel truth. There is definitely more to Jay’s story and Brendan plans to find out what it is and help when he can. After a few events occur that Jay has no control over, he turns to Brendan and learns to trust him. He knows this new friendship could go horribly wrong, but Brendan’s easy nature wins over the younger siblings over and Jay soon follows their lead. Will Brendan become the man Jay deserves to have, his anchor through the storm?

G.S. Wiley takes us into The Nest, a community full of families with too many children and not enough responsible adults around to help raise them. Jay took on his role as father and guardian like a fish to water. His compassion and love for his siblings allows him to make responsible decisions. Brendan has his own issues and watching Jay’s selflessness may have helped him decide to cut a few strings along the way. The story hits a few hard issues, especially the plight of single parent homes and children caught in the system. I applauded Jay for wanting a better life for his siblings. His lack of money seemed unimportant when you focused on the infinite quantity of love he gave to his family. The Nest is about trust, commitment, love and finding your inner strength. There isn’t a great deal of physical interaction between the main characters, but that doesn’t take away from the story. I found myself focusing more on the subject and rooting Jay. This compelling story is sure to be a hit among those who enjoy the genre.

Cage Match


Title: Cage Match
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-59632-953-9
Genre: Gay {M/M} Futuristic Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Rather than serve out a prison term for robbery, Jabez becomes a cage fighter, a modern day gladiator. Every win means a little more time cut from his sentence and one more day he’s alive. Used to men and women coming to see him after a match, he never expects to meet anyone like Andreas.

Andreas is corporate royalty, spending all his time partying with friends or flitting from one interest to the other. When a bet sends him back stage after his first cage match, he has no idea what he’s getting into.

Although from two different backgrounds, the two men cannot help being drawn to each other. They’re going to have to come to terms with their feelings soon if they want to survive what’s coming next.

Bonnie Dee’s Cage Match is a twist of the apocalyptic plot. Instead of the usual ‘destruction by war’, Earth is recovering from the plague and while many things may have changed, some things stay the same. Set in what once was Boston, Cage Match is the story of two men from different walks of life who meet, fall in love, then have to fight for what they have. Unfortunately for Andreas and Jabez, it is not that simple as the author throws many obstacles in their path. Not only will these two have to discover who they really are and what it is they need to make them happy, they also have to battle greedy friends, cold family members, and enemies neither realized they had. Ms. Dee keeps this story hopping with lots of action and of course, hot sex. While reading this story, I could not wait to see what would happen next.

Cheek to Cheek


Title: Cheek to Cheek
Author: Chris Owen
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-731-2
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

The past two weeks have been pretty emotional for Mallory so he’d be excused for looking to escape it all for a little while. On top of the breakdown of his long term relationship with Trish, Mal is still trying to come to terms with the tragic accident that took the lives of some of his fellow fire fighters and left his friend Drew out of action indefinitely. He wasn’t looking for anything in particular that night at the bar; he just wanted to forget his troubles for a while. Mal wasn’t about to complain when Will took an interest in him, however. A body to die for and the dance moves to match, it’s not long before they’re expressing themselves physically; on the dance floor, in Mal’s kitchen, living room, bedroom, hallway, any place they see fit really. With heat like that however, there’s a tendency to get burned; something Mal is trying very hard to avoid, without much success.

Cheek to Cheek delves once again into a world that I first became aware of when reading 911. I absolutely loved 911 so had high expectations for this and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. As with the author’s previous book, the characters were very strong. I took a liking to Will immediately but it took a little longer for me to warm to Mal as he seemed self centered, at first. Mal’s ex Trish was a solid character too and I couldn’t help but sympathize with her as Mal’s behavior towards her seemed harsh at times. The relationship between Mal and Will was an interesting one and I enjoyed witnessing its development, even if Mal fought it all the way. The build up to events at the end was very well done and I couldn’t wait to see what surprises the author had in store for us. As well as the ending turned out, the introduction to the story felt a little rushed and I would have liked more time for Mal’s character to develop so that I could understand his actions better. The understanding did come, just after some confusion.

It was nice to meet some of the characters from 911 again but rest assured, Cheek to Cheek is a solid story in its right, focusing on the relationships between people first, with the background setting of the fire station feeling very real. The chemistry between Mal and Will was fantastic and even though Mal’s behavior left me rolling my eyes a lot and wondering what his problem was, I cared for both of them and wanted them happy.

Thirst


Title: Thirst
Author: Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-133-6
Genre: Paranormal, Dark Fantasy, {Het}
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Curator Malika Carter Young is a woman with focus, drive and ambition. Educated and beautiful, Malika has no time for distractions from her career or her passion for history, that is until she meets Arias del Rio.

Arias is more than what he seems. What Malika sees is a self-taught man who is as handsome as he is compassionate. The truth is Arias is Malika’s mate and he’s ready to claim the woman destiny has promised would be his. Unfortunately, Arias’ mortal enemy is hell-bent on destroying him and those he loves.

Thirst is the second release in Kate Hill’s Mate Marks series. Arias concedes his role in past events and the pain inflicted by his actions. I love his passion and relentless drive to have what he truly wanted. Arias didn’t expect Malika to fall into his arms like some pimple faced teenager with little sense of what she truly wanted. No, Arias wanted a woman with a mind as sharply toned as her body. He wouldn’t settle for any less than the woman he could share his life with and I applauded him for his determination. Malika knew her fascination for history and the relics that survived over time were part of the reason she didn’t make time for relationships. She didn’t make excuses for her attraction to Arias, but she didn’t kick up her skirt just for kicks either. Malika knew she had to take a few drastic measures to ensure Arias took her seriously. Little did she know, for once she was preaching to the choir, because Arias had no plans on making Malika a simple conquest. The references to Malika’s profession made the story more interesting. By balancing Malika’s personal and professional sides, she became a more appealing character. The couple’s chemistry is firecracker hot from the first kiss to the conclusion of the story. Thirst is a fast-paced read that I found hard to put down.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Love Most Inconvenient 2


Title: Love Most Inconvenient 2
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-566-4
Genre: Contemporary Anthology {M/M}
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

The Planner - 5 Nymphs
Vincent Williams’s life is thrown into turmoil when his live-in lover, in addition to his business partner, runs off with a younger man. Vincent, who is an accountant and knows nothing about planning parties, is desperate for help when David Samson applies for the job and takes over before Vincent actually hires him. However David quickly proves his worth when the customers like him; the other employees love him and Vincent finds that he cannot resist him.

The Boss - 5 Nymphs
Steven Hillary allows his friend to talk him into celebrating his twenty-fifth birthday at a local gay bar. Under the influence of too many drinks, Steven gets on stage and does a striptease for the gorgeous hunk sitting at the bar. Steven is surprised and embarrassed the next morning when he walks into a meeting and finds out that the new boss, Rob Taylor is the hunk from the night before. Steven still has the image in his mind of falling face first between Rob’s thighs. Rob, on the other hand, is hoping for a fully conscious repeat performance.

Jupiter - 4.5 Nymphs
Alex Villanueva’s life was on a downward spiral until he was sentenced to do ten months community service at the school he damaged in a fit of anger. However, his life was changed and he was given positive motivation with the help of friends and the love of Jacob Williams, a graduate student at the school.

Love Most Inconvenient 2 is a collection of three stories featuring second chances at life and love. In each story, there is emotional chaos and the struggle to get their life back on track. I very much enjoyed The Planner, which is hilarious with the clever play on words during the main character’s first meeting. The exceedingly talented D.J. Manly has delivered three superb tales that have intelligent, well-written and well-paced plots, as well as realistic characters along with sensuous love scenes. Overall, this is a fantastic and enormously enjoyable anthology.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Exploring Savage Places


Title: Exploring Savage Places
Author: K.Z. Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-959-1
Genre: LGBT {M/M}, Futuristic, Urban Fantasy Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

The Powers of Regenerie work Zee and Tole execute is rewarding, however it does nothing to help their individual love lives. Their need for secrecy causes slight disruptions on the road to coupling bliss. Each man is frustrated; Zee thanks to his perceived boring persona and Tole because of his vampire lover’s, Ridley Barron, need for donors. The hybrid men also share a deep desire to attain a loving relationship similar to the one Win shares with Pablo.

After receiving disturbing reports about events taking place in Pleasureplex of Xanandru, Zee decides this is his chance to prove his abilities. Zee has more than trouble waiting for his arrival. Tole allows his hurt to heal in a way the others have never seen, but picks up the pieces of his heart when duty calls. Will Zee and Tole finally get the love they both deserve?

Exploring Savage Places is the third book of K.Z. Snow’s Utopia-X series. We see an edgier side of Zee and a warmer side of Tole in this installment. I loved the slight change in the characters personalities most of all. It kept the series interesting and me a bit off-balanced for what they would do next. My heart went out to the two men; they both wanted something that seems so far out of their reach. It’s ironic that the one thing that kept their desires from being obtainable was the one rule they are all scared to break. This was definitely an interesting episode full of sizzling erotic play, action, suspense, and a few humorous moments, making Exploring Savage Places a treat to read.

Grey’s Awakening

Title: Grey’s Awakening
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-560-2
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Everyone around Greyson Cole is falling in love, getting married or starting a family. The thought that any of these commitment-type events would happen to him scares the successful but cynical venture capitalist to death. Deciding he needs a little quality alone time, he heads to his cabin in the mountains in hopes of relaxing for a few days. He expects peace and quiet. What he finds is an unknown, towel-wrapped man standing inside his vacation home. Grey doesn’t believe in love, romance or relationships so his attraction to the wildly handsome Sirus surprises him, threatening his celibacy pact and his sanity.

Sirus Wilder has known Grey’s sister, Kelsie, for years, and he’s thrilled when she offers him the use of her brother’s cabin, since his home across the lake needed repairs after a severe water leak. While he’s heard about Greyson from his sister, they’ve never met; making him doubly thankful when the man agrees to let him share the cabin. Sirus is still recovering from a nasty breakup and isn’t looking to hook-up, even for a short time. Yet, he can’t deny that Grey is the sexiest man he’s ever seen. Unfortunately, he’s also an arrogant, cold-hearted ass.

Grey’s Awakening is the second and newest release in author Cameron Dane’s Cabin Fever series. It takes place in the same cabin where Kelsie and John, Grey’s best friend and his twin sister, fell in love in the first book, Sweetest Tattoo. While it’s not imperative to read the books in order, it would give a better understanding of the inter-character relationships.

I always enjoy Ms. Dane’s stories, and this one isn’t any exception. Grey’s Awakening is fast-paced, well plotted and has likeable characters with strong personalities who have definite ideas of what they want out of life. There’s also plenty of tension as Grey and Sirus struggle to work through their differing painful life experiences, family histories and fear of what the future might bring.

Neither of these two intriguing men want to fall in love; it’s too painful, too heart wrenching when it falls apart but they can’t deny their attraction either. Then there’s the conflict of who’s the top in their short two-week relationship and Grey’s refusal to bottom for anyone. Grey and Sirus are so vastly different; trucker versus venture capitalist, that at first I wasn’t certain their feelings would ever move past raw lust and desire, but the author did it and did it realistically. Add in John and Kelsie from the previous release, along with a few new characters, and you have all the components needed for a story that keeps your interest from beginning to end.

The Harem Boy


Title: The Harem Boy
Author: Jay Lygon
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-742-8
Genre: Gay {M/M} Erotic Romance, Contemporary, BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Christopher Lewis just wants a place where he fits in, where others accept him, flaws and all. He doesn’t have time to cry ‘woe is me’, but takes life in stride. Even the painful realty that his parents don’t want a gay son doesn’t make his lose his drive to succeed. Destitute with no means of paying tuition, Chris refuses to give up on his dream to graduate from college. A moment of kindness toward one of the University’s professors, Ophir, changes his life in the blink of an eye.

Ophir is Professor on campus but Master at home. Regardless of the venue, he expects his slaves and students to be respectful and learn from his tutelage. He takes one look at Chris and knows where he wants him… in his house, on his knees, ready to service him. However, Ophir hasn’t gotten this far by following the guidance of his phallus. When he hears Chris’ background, he knows he cannot turn his back on the younger man. Is there a line Ophir refuses to cross to help Chris or has he found The Harem Boy he’s been searching for all along?

Jay Lygon brings us Master Ophir, a character from previous stories that readers have come to love. Ophir believes everything has a place, and no one should hurt or throw away precious gifts. Ophir closed himself off to love the day he left his old Master. Emotionally wounded by his parent’s lack of compassion, Chris is too scared to give anyone access to his heart. In this aspect, Chris and Ophir are similar. Both carry a bone-deep pain, they feel rejected on some level let it be real or imagined, and discard any notion of love with the finesse of Scrooge snubbing Christmas. My heart went out to them. I’ll definitely look for future releases to see how Chris and Ophir learn to come to terms with their invisible link. I found The Harem Boy an impressive read. The story has some humor and erotic encounters to lighten the reality of Chris’ situation, while delivering a strong message about love, sacrifice, forgiveness, self-worth and second chances. Then, there is the reality of society’s views on same sex relationships. Such a small book, but it carries a big punch.

Psychic Rebels


Title: Psychic Rebels
Author: Cheryl Dragon
Publisher: Loose Id.
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-949-2
Genre: Paranormal, Interracial, {M/M}
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Dennis and Colin are standing outside a crime scene, waiting for the police to arrest a pedophile so they can rescue the child held captive inside. Both men have psychic abilities that are a great help to law enforcement. Colin has the ability to locate missing people with his visions and Dennis is a psychic healer. Dennis and Colin are also lovers who have been apart for six months. Colin uses his gift to help the paranormals, while Dennis will only work with humans. This ongoing debate between them is the source of their off-and-on-again relationship.

Cheryl Dragon’s Psychic Rebels is a story of two men who are having difficulty finding a common ground in their relationship. Dennis had a terrible experience with vampires years ago, which still haunt him. Colin continues to search Dennis’ mind for the source of his fears, to no avail. While the storyline is an interesting premise, the rather mild plot is deficient in the distinctive anxiety of danger associated with hunting and subduing potential killers. The focus of the story is on the intimate encounters, which are illustrated all through this saga. Erotically, this is an enjoyable story.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Str8te Boys




Title: Str8te Boys
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-590-0
Genre: Contemporary/Gay {M/M}
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Maverick “Mav” Holms rooms with his best friend of four years, Daniel “Duke” Warren. They’re both on the cusp of graduating college, and they’re both intensely competitive teammates on the college soccer team. So it’s not so much of a surprise when Duke challenges Mav on a game of ‘gay chicken’. The whole point is to see how close one guy can get to the other – the first one to pull away is the loser. This time should be no different… but it is.

Now Mav’s struggling to face the facts: why the thought of other guys doesn’t do a thing for him, but one look at Duke has him hard as a rock. Not to mention the fact that one of their fellow teammates, Enslow, is a homophobe to the umpteenth degree.

When push comes to shove for Mav, he makes the biggest mistake of his life. Now he has to fix it… but how?

Str8te Boys is a sexy, sensual, intense read guaranteed to tug at your heart. Both men are incredibly gorgeous and together, they’re scorching, even in their explorations. (Or maybe because of them.)

Mav’s resistance and confusion are normal, especially for a young man who’s still trying to figure his life out. His love for Duke, though, even when he insists on it being solely platonic, is breathtaking. Duke’s devotion to Mav is just strong, and more than bittersweet.

I’ve read several books by Evangeline Anderson, and I love how she writes her men. While love does enter the equation (even verbally), it’s never flowery or fluffy. Her men are men and watching them together is hot and refreshing at the same time.

If you’ve never read any of her books, then I highly recommend starting with Str8te Boys. Though be forewarned: one won’t be enough.

Forbidden Desire


Title: Forbidden Desire
Author: Carolina Valdez
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-532-4
Genre: Gay {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Brian Storm, Detective III, worked hard and rose through the ranks, thanks to his ability to act quickly and efficiently. His last undercover assignment sends Brian to the hospital in need of emergency care after he is tortured. When Brian regains consciousness, he comes face to face with Stan Gordon, M.D., his attending physician.

Stan looks at the injured officer and knows he’s in serious trouble. The rules are simple, and designed to protect patients under doctor’s care, but something draws Stan to Brian. He recognizes his feelings aren’t those of a doctor for his patient, only sees someone in need of love, protection, and at the very least friendship.

Brian cannot discuss what happened to him, and Stan refuses to push him into exposing the truth. However, if their potential relationship is going to flourish, Brian will have to get over his trauma and move past his fears.

Carolina Valdez’s Forbidden Desire explores the relationship of Stan and Brian. Stan’s ethics push him to act in Brian’s best interest and provide friendship and support in the beginning. Regardless of his attraction, he didn’t want damage their possible relationship or the delicate connection that existed between them. Brian is a dynamic character, thanks to the events that lead to his injuries. His damaged self-confidence heals over time; with the help of Stan and others, he slowly works through these issues. Stan and Brian looked past their own needs and desires, to focus on building a strong foundation for their relationship. I believe I loved this most about the characters. While they physically desired the other, they didn’t let it overshadow their relationship and cause undue stress when it was possible.

Carolina Valdez brings a hard subject matter for most men to the forefront in Forbidden Desire. Society created a one-sided view on some of the traumas inflicted on men and women and Ms. Valdez has written about this misconception, allowing us to follow the progress of Brian as he comes to terms with the past. I found this smooth flowing story enlightening. Those who enjoy the genre will be at the very least impressed with plot, the characters and the message.

Spikenard: Freedom to Fly


Title: Spikenard: Freedom to Fly
Author: Winnie Jerome
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-739-8
Genre: Paranormal, M/M
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Four hundred B.C. - Zhong Shi, a young dragon is flying across the China sky in hopes that the humans would see how handsome he is with the sun shining on his red scales and green hair, groomed to perfection but when he pauses to preen, he is drenched by rain brought on by his lover, Chen Jing, who works hard to keep Zhong Shi out of trouble by directing his thoughts on more important things than vanity. Sadly, Zhong Shi’s hardest lesson is learning to live with regret.

San Francisco 2008 - Sebastian Crawford is searching for someone to interview for a school project when he meets David Peterson, an IT consultant starting a new business in the city. During their conversation, they discover they share some of the same interests. The more time Sebastian spends with David, the more Sebastian realizes he has nothing in common with his boyfriend Luke. After a big quarrel, Sebastian and Luke break up and David rushes to Sebastian’s apartment to comfort him. Fate steps in and triggers memories long forgotten but now it is David who leaves Sebastian.

Spikenard: Freedom to Fly is a story of love that transcends centuries. Winnie Jerome creates a clever plot that follows an intricate structure. The characters are well written with some emotionally touching moments. This is an impressive tale that I found particularly enjoyable.

Wild Hunt


Title: Wild Hunt
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-944-7
Genre: Gay {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Delaney is a Celtic musician. He and his fellow band members maintain the grounds of a music festival site in order to earn a little money and hopefully, pick up some gigs at the same time. During a nightly jam session, Delaney hears someone playing the fiddle; someone he has to find.

Robbie, a wild man, has not been human in a very long time. Robbie is used to being the prey for the wild hunts but this time, the Huntmaster wants something more. After meeting Delaney, Robbie is not sure he can comply with the Huntmaster’s orders.

Wild Hunt by Willa Okati is probably one of the most unusual stories I have ever read and while interesting at times, was difficult to follow. The beginning of the story was so busy that I was unsure what was going on and I admit I had to go back and reread some of it. While the characters, a mixture of humans and mythical beings, interact well, I did not feel as if Delaney and Robbie really got the chance to know each other. I did love the characters, however, and the author does a wonderful job making the characters feel real. When Delaney’s friend and fellow band mate Hugh meet the two men at the door in one scene, you can feel the disgust and anger he is feeling towards Delaney. While I did have trouble, at times, with this story, I do plan on rereading it and think fans of Ms. Okati should give this new story a try.

Mystic's Call


Title: Mystic's Call
Author: Lacey Thorn
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419923296
Genre: Futuristic, Het, Ménage and more
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

The Mystic has awakened, ready to assist with the final battle. Meeting her new mates Bram, Finn, and Tanner Verbani, the sons of Princess Asme, takes the Mystic on a voyage of sexual discovery, while stirring the powers needed to be victorious in their task. To fulfill the prophecy, there is still one more blood sacrifice that must come about. Will the enemy gain the upper hand, or will the Guardians and Mystic save the island?

Mystic's Call is the book five of the Island Guardians series and we finally discover the Mystic’s identity, the identity of the final sacrifice, and what the Goddess of Altair has planned for the inhabitants. The Guardians and Mystic bond as sisters and have an easy flowing banter. The attitudes and support of their husbands gives them the courage and strength to get through this trying time. There were points in the book that I felt a bit bogged down by re-reading previously written information, but I could clearly understand how it would be helpful to someone who isn’t familiar with the series. The book could have been stronger in plot but overall, this is a good ending for this series and if I haven’t missed my guess, Lacey Thorn has more to come.

Action and Satisfaction


Title: Action and Satisfaction
Author: Lainey Bancroft
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Inc
Publisher URL: http://www.bookstrand.com/
ISBN: 1-60601-221-5
Genre: Contemporary M/F Romance
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Eva Delucca is sick and tired of the way Seth Edwards breezes in and out of her life. She doesn’t think her heart can take being abandoned while Seth chases his dreams anymore. When he turns up out of the blue yet again, desperate to rekindle their romance, he is surprised by Eva’s cold welcome. Seth doesn’t know what he’s done wrong so brings out all of his best player maneuvers in a bid to win Eva back. Unfortunately, his inability to see what’s going on just makes Eva more determined to say goodbye to him for good. However, Eva’s best friend Bonnie doesn’t believe Eva has it in her to kick Seth out of her life so the two women enter into a bet where the loser pays for the winner’s cruise ticket. Eva has to give Seth a taste of his own medicine without losing her heart to him – something she soon realizes is easier said than done.

As smart and successful both Eva and Seth appear to be, it is apparent from the start that their communication skills leave a lot to be desired. There is a “you brought this on yourselves” quality to the story as the pair have spent some of the most enjoyable, memorable times of their lives together but Seth seems incapable of commitment and leaves Eva regularly, without a word of notice. Eva doesn’t show Seth how much this hurts her either so they are continually playing games with each other, trying to stay cool, calm and collected and hiding their insecurities and pain. I could sympathize with Eva for deciding enough is enough but her decision to teach Seth a lesson with more games was frustrating. Her friend Bonnie did not help matters by suggesting the bet. All three characters do realize that they have made mistakes though and want to put things right, if it isn’t too late.

The story moves at a nice pace and the writing ran smoothly. The plot was fun, with just the right amount of melodrama and decadence counterbalanced with very human characters with flaws that were displayed for all to see. At certain times, both Eva and Seth’s actions seemed a little farfetched to me; no one in their right mind would have thought the bet was a good idea and some of the thoughts in Seth’s mind made me see that these two really were perfect for each other. This made the attraction between the two very believable and palpable. I’m not a fan of emotional games but in Action and Satisfaction, the fallout of two people playing with each other’s hearts and minds constantly is very well portrayed. If you like to witness characters that are good people deep down but let their egos get themselves into a terrible mess, which leaves you questioning how they are ever possibly going to fix things, this is definitely a book for you.

My Heart is Within You


Title: My Heart is Within You
Author: Marguerite Labbe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-935192-71-8
Genre: Gay {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Student Jacob Corvin’s schedule rotates between attending practice, going to work, keeping his grades up and playing college football. His agenda is set and he’s never allowed anything or anyone to break his concentration until he met Kristair.

Kristair is an ancient vampire with a serious dilemma. He is going into the final stages of a transformation as other ancients before him, and will not go quietly into the night. No, Kristair is ready to put up a decent battle.

When he sees Jacob, Kristair feels the instant attraction and knows he is the one who will help him slow down the process. While Kristair knows he doesn’t have time to waste, he is willing to forge the bond needed to help Jacob become his willing vessel. A young group of vampires called The Syndicate is set on Kristair joining them and threatens their new commitment. How far will they go to gain what they want?

Marguerite Labbe’s My Heart is Within You is the first volume of the Triquetra series and she definitely began with a bang. Kristair has lived long, but never truly loved hard until he meets Jacob. Jacob battled to get to his new station in life and he is too stubborn to give up anything he deems his without a fight. His fierce determination attracts Kristair and brings out some of the vampire’s submissive desires. This book took me by storm. The characters, from the primary to secondary, drew me in and kept my attention. The relationship between Kristair and Jacob hits you in degrees. Each man wants and needs something from the other, whether it is love, protection, guidance, loyalty or a strong commitment. When they finally give in, they form a relationship that can stand the test of time.

The plot and sub-plots have you rooting for the characters to gain the upper hand. Kristair needs to find a cure but never considered discovering love and the new emotions floor him. Jacob thinks all that matters is fulfilling his scholarship obligations, but discovering his feelings for Kristair opens a realm of possibilities. Their interaction, from lovemaking to fights to their banter, is exquisite to watch and flows naturally. Ms. Labbe includes action and suspense in the story, and enough fight scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat. There were points where I could smell the blood in the room and I covered one eye with a hand as if that could actually keep the goriness away. Mr. Ussier is one ruthless and witty supporting character, in particular, whom I am hoping to learn more about. The man definitely protected those he considered friends. Ms. Labbe unquestionably proved just how vivid her imagination was in a particular hot tub scene between Jacob and Kristair. Yes, she is definitely going on my list of authors I watch for future releases. I loved reading My Heart is Within You and recommend it to those who enjoy the genre.

Peter’s Chair


Title: Peter’s Chair
Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Publisher URL: http://www.devinedestinies.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-303-6
Genre: Contemporary/Thriller/Gay
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

The Vatican has a new Pope, and the work ahead of him is anything but easy. Pope John XXIV is the Church’s first gay (and partnered) Pope, and as such, he sets the foundations for changes within the Church that have been a long time coming. With his partner William (a Bishop) by his side, he experiences many potential pitfalls along the way – from the expected backlash to attempts on his life.

Yet despite all the adversities before him, Pope John paves the way for other gays and lesbians within the Church and the world at large. It’s not an easy road to travel, but it must be done.

Peter’s Chair is another riveting novel by author John Simpson. The notion of a gay Pope might be fanciful, but it’s a great dream nonetheless. Beneath that point, though, lies a thrilling story full of danger and intrigue. The action is true to form for John Simpson – the details he brings into the story breathe more life into characters already three-dimensional.

What I loved about this book was the lack of sex, and what sex there was, it stayed in tone with the book: not explicit, not overdone. The love between William and Pope John, however, rings crystal clear.

I’ve read several books by John Simpson and have enjoyed them all. Peter’s Chair, however, is the best one he’s written to date.

To Find and to Keep


Title: To Find and to Keep
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-006-2
Genre: Gay {M/M}, Contemporary Erotica
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Ryan Johnston wanted a clean slate and a possible relationship with Daniel Miller, his best friend’s older brother. What he hoped would be an easy conversation with his parents regarding his attraction to men goes horrible wrong. When his parent’s turn on him in a fair imitation of the return of Cujo, Ryan has no choice but to leave those he loves behind. Four years later, Ryan has returned from Canada to watch his sister marry his best friend, even if it’s from the shadows.

Daniel cannot believe his eyes; the man he has loved for so long has returned. He wants answers, and while he wasn’t ready for the truth, Daniel is certain he has enough love to heal Ryan’s battered heart. However, is it too much to hope for that Ryan wants to be a part of his life? Can he talk him into staying?

Serena Yates’ To Find and to Keep is part of the Dreamspinner’s To Have and to Hold collection. Ryan is a sensitive, compassionate soul, full of hurt, whose ego has endured a bone-deep beating. Thoughts of Daniel have given him solace over the years and helped him bear his insufferable circumstances. Daniel has never forgotten his brother’s best friend and his feelings developed even more for Ryan, regardless of their lack of communication. I loved his willingness to support Ryan in every way possible and his selfless acts along the way. The parents are a special piece of work and should have their heads mounted over a fireplace, but I think that would just take away from any room’s décor, thanks to the ugliness they radiate. I’m new to Serena Yates and if this story is any indication to what I have to look forward to, I’m ready for her next book to hit the stand. To Find and to Keep is about second chances at love and life, about finding yourself and gaining support when you need it the most. This is a wonderful story sure to make fans of the genre at the very least misty and pretending they have allergies.

The Desire for Dearborne


Title: The Desire for Dearborne
Author: V B Kildaire
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://dreamspinnerpress.com
ISBN: 978-1-61581- 009-3
Genre: Gay, Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Leander Mayfield has just landed in England after five grueling weeks at sea. As the last surviving member of his family, he has inherited the title of Earl of Dearborne from a long, lost relative. Hoping for a fresh start, the last thing Leander wants is for anyone to see him as weak and frail. After receiving numerous invitations to balls, Leader attends one, only to meet the interesting Julien Sutcliffe

As Earl of Blackstone, Julien, unashamed of who he is, is used to being the center of gossip. With no plans to marry, or ever lose his heart to anyone again, Julien makes sure he never wants for companionship. While attending his aunt’s ball, Julien is surprised to see that the new American Earl is someone he has admired from afar. Julien is intrigued with Leander from the very beginning and when the two men give in to their desires, neither realizes how much their lives are about to change.

The Desire for Dearborne is a great historical by VB Kildaire. This wonderful book is a must-have for those who love historicals. Set in England during the early 1800’s, the author tells the story of a young American forced to face many changes in his life. It isn’t until he meets Julien that he realizes that the one thing he craves is something he can really have. The author does an excellent job bringing these characters to life for the reader. This book is also full of characters we love to see in historicals. There are the nosy, interfering family and friends who think they know what’s best for Julien and Leander. The diabolical relative up to no good and of course, the many other characters add to this wonderful story. This story is entertaining from the very beginning, with a twist at the end that I am sure few will see coming.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Wet Skin


Title: Wet Skin
Author: Laura Baumbach, William Maltese
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-053-5
Genre: Anthology, M/M
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Slippery When Wet - Laura Baumbach - 5 Nymphs
For three weeks Dr. Parker Crowe has been covertly watching the mystery man he dubbed Sir Brawny & Buff, building fantasies in his mind as he watches the sweat roll down those muscles as they sit in the sauna. Then one night Parker is the object of his dream man’s erotic seduction with lovemaking that surpasses any fantasy Parker has ever had.

The Drive Home - Laura Baumbach - 3 Nymphs
The one thing that Adam discovered about his new lover Rick is that he likes to experiment with decadent ways, designed to induce Adam into an arousing fervor and the utmost pleasures received during a shower.

The Cataracts Part One - William Maltese - 4 Nymphs
Running from the problems is the way model William Maltese copes and learning that he has inherited ten percent ownership of a South American property allows William deal with the loss of his father and escapes the head of the modeling agency, who wants to be his first male lover. However, William finds himself in the middle of two brothers, Kyle and Jeremy Salinas, who are on opposing sides of the property issues. Each brother is vying for William’s percentage of The Cataracts as well as desiring William for a lover.

Wet Sheets - Laura Baumbach - 4 Nymphs
Nicholas had very little time for a social life after working long hours, but a chance meeting at the grocery store is just what Nicholas needed. Always attracted to big hunks, Erp, at six feet five of hard muscle, is the perfect he-man to initiate Nicholas to man love.

The Cataracts Part Two - William Maltese - 5 Nymphs
The saga continues with William determined to resolve the dilemma he and the Salinas brothers find themselves in. William decides to sell his percentage to Kyle and return to London, convinced that his stocks is the only interest Kyle has in him since nothing more than a few kisses have been exchanged between them. The fear of losing William forces Kyle to reveal his true feelings, as well as his desire for more than casual sex. William realizes his search for Mr. Right is over and it is time to stop running.

Wet Dreams - Laura Baumbach - 3 Nymphs
Because of conflicting schedules, a committed couple breaks the dry spell with a night of steamy lovemaking that is better than any dream.

South of the Border - Laura Baumbach - 5 Nymphs
This hot tub scene is another peek at the main characters of Mexican Heat, an action-packed cop thriller. Gabriel is relaxing in the hot tub when his lover, Antonio, joins him for an arousing session of lovemaking.

Wet Skin is a collection of five incredibly erotic scenes by Laura Baumbach and a romantic short story with a hint of mystery by William Maltese. Several of the stories are first-time encounters into manlove. All of the characters have Wet Skin, whether it is from being in water or sweats pouring off their bodies during their sensuous activities. This is an arousing and enjoyable collection.

Sanctuary Lost


Title: Sanctuary Lost
Author: Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-581-8
Genre: M/F Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

It’s been three weeks since the always-in-control Brynn Adler’s life was turned upside down, after being violently attacked, kidnapped and tortured by a group of rogue werewolves. It’s a savage world she didn’t even know existed and learning her older sister is one of the creatures was a shock. It’s left her feeling weak, helpless and vulnerable. And she hates it! The sensible course of action would be to return to her home and job, but so much has transpired that Brynn doesn’t believe she can ever go back to the ‘real world’ again. She’s not even certain she’d want to. That would mean leaving not only her sister behind, but also the man who rescued her and gave her hope again.

Joe Mitchell was a soldier before he became a werewolf. He’s a naturally protective man and those instincts have only gotten stronger since he rescued Brynn, demanding that he keep her safe. Joe likes her. He desires her. He also knows getting involved with the emotionally fragile human female is a terrible idea, especially with a supernatural war brewing with the very group of werewolves who kidnapped her.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Sanctuary Lost, the latest release in Moira Rogers’ new and intriguing paranormal series Red Rock Pass and she didn’t disappoint me. This book starts almost immediately where Cry Sanctuary left off, the action racing from the first page to the last. I recommend reading the books in order for a greater understanding of the ongoing plot and continuing characters.

In this book, the conflict with the rogue werewolves is escalating almost daily and the packs are struggling to form a workable alliance. Except Abby and Brynn are still in danger; threatened by the crazed rogue pack leader, leaving Joe and Keith desperate to protect their women. It was great seeing more of Abby and Keith, the primary characters from the first release, as well was Gavin, Sam and Dylan. These characters, along with a few new ones rounded out the cast nicely, giving the story a sense of continuity, community, and family.

I was thrilled with the simmering passion and chemistry swirling between Brynn and Joe and the love scenes can only be called blistering hot, and sexy. These two have so much emotional baggage to deal with that at times I wondered whether they could work through their pain, unrest and misunderstandings. Yet, Ms. Rogers did just that, and did it well. Joe’s character is a strong Alpha, which is exactly what the much weaker Byrnn needs. I can’t wait to see where this story is going with the next release. Dylan…please.

Somebody Killed His Editor


Title: Somebody Killed His Editor
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-585-6
Genre: Gay-Lesbian Romance {M/M}, Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Bestselling Mystery Writer Christopher Holmes’ editor is ready to give him the boot. His book sales have taken a nosedive and unless he can reinvent himself and create a new bestseller, his career will match the state of rigor mortis his series now exists within. His agent advises Christopher to attend a writer’s conference in Northern California as an attempt to gain time with his editor. If the weather is any indication to how the weekend will go, Christopher’s chances of this working are one hundred percent humidity with the possibility of hailstorms.

A nasty editor, a mouthy critic, and the man who makes Christopher warm just by looking at him are all present. Before it’s all over, he will help answer the question of who killed his editor.

Somebody Killed His Editor is the first book of Josh Lanyon’s Holmes & Moriarity series. Christopher is a forty-something writer who has become complacent with his career. The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” has not translated into his series continuing down a prosperous road. There were moments where I felt sorry for Christopher. He went into this change kicking and screaming, and I found myself laughing harder with each step. His satire definitely keeps the book interesting. Even during the most stressful of moments, I think that his wit was the difference between Christopher having a heart attack or being able to roll with the punches.

J.X. Moriarity is another author present during this weekend conference. He has a history with Christopher that brings passionate encounters and real tension into this story. Over the years, J.X. has taken on the career that Christopher once had, and I believe that was almost as sore a spot as Christopher’s post-weekend-affair reaction.

The secondary characters keep the book flowing with their humor, and bizarre actions, without taking the focus off the main characters. There were points I wished for more action between the characters and less access to Christopher’s thoughts. Then the secondary characters would charge in like the roaring twenties, and I had to hold on for the ride once more. Overall, I have to admit this was a fantastic beginning for this series. Somebody Killed His Editor has action, suspense and enough drama to give the soaps a run for their money, with strong well-developed characters, and a creative plot. The setting pulls everything together constructing a location that brings frights and romance to mind in healthy doses. These elements make this book is a winner. The story was a treat to read and I’m looking forward to the next installment of the series.

Charisma


Title: Charisma
Author: Wendy Stone
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-040-9
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Het
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Charisma Snow has the gift of being a siren. She can sing like no other and can kill with that voice too, if she chooses. She was orphaned as a young child, when both of her parents were killed in a car accident, and still doesn’t trust enough to show any love to others. That emotion has caused her to be used by people who always want to use her for illegal things. So when she is rescued by Kadian, her feelings are sent into overdrive, trying to figure out what he wants from her, and she attempting to hide her love for him, so she won’t long for him later.

Kadian James, a Were-dragon, uses his talents with music to become very famous. Charisma’s song haunts him in his head and he has to find her because she is the only woman for him. The torture he goes through to protect her is more than expected, each time he is taken into custody by the Agency for Supernatual Police (ASP), but he never gives up on finding her. Falling in love with Charisma is not in his plans, so he continues to keep helping without realizing that his feelings have gone further than he wanted.

Charisma - I love the name of this story, and the beauty described that carries the name matches it perfectly. There is nothing better than to be taken away by a flying dragon, once you get past your fears. These two characters have found a connection no one can sever and I especially liked the fact that they were able to hear each other’s music, internally. I found myself laughing at the attitudes of the different people working for The Agency for Supernatural Police (ASP). Those are the paranormal agents who keep the rogue supernatural from doing harm to other people.

Wendy Stone did a fantastic job of describing how the lives of different clans were able to function, and how their mating rituals were completed. I really enjoyed some of the secondary character’s contribution to the plot. There are surely more stories to tell of this interesting group, and I was very impressed with Samantha, who seemed bent on staying a single independent woman. This is the third of a series, and to understand the characters better, I recommend reading all of the books in order. I am looking forward to reading the next story by Ms. Stone and hoping, maybe, it will be about Samantha and Dimitri.

Seducing Light


Title: Seducing Light
Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-530-0
Genre: Gay {M/M}, Contemporary, The Arts
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Photographer Asher Myles is rebuilding his life, thanks to an identity thief swiping his name to sully his reputation. He hasn’t had the easiest of lives, but he grew up surrounded by the wealth of a loving family. His current assignment takes him to Montana where he meets the man who’s face lulls Asher to sleep, Nick Light.

Nick is part of Hollywood royalty and has no love of paparazzi or the despicable acts they will perform for that next shot, that next paycheck. Having a photographer in his home doesn’t give Nick warm and fuzzy feelings, but Asher isn’t just any photographer. He remembers Asher and wants to hear his side of Asher’s current circumstances. And more than anything, he wants Asher is his bed.

Nick hides that he’s gay to protect his career but if he tries to stay in the closet, he will damage two hearts in the process. Is having Asher as part of his life worth exposing their secret? Will Nick and Asher find a way to make a relationship work?

Seducing Light takes us into the lives of Asher, a man re-establishing his career, and Nick, an actor scared to expose his personal life to the public. KC Kendricks has done a wonderful job with this story. It was easy to understand Nick and Asher’s views on the matter of coming out and building a relationship. I have to admit Asher won me over without trouble. Dealing with the bum-hand life dealt him and coping with Nick’s nervousness and attitude at times gave me respect for just how strong his shoulders were. He carried a great deal around on them but never cried “woe is me”. Nick, on the other hand, reminded me of a spoiled child at times. He didn’t look at the broad picture, but narrowed in on the portion that made Asher look his worse. There was at least one time where I wanted Asher to walk away and never look back, but when I remembered this was his hero on the white stallion, it was hard not to want him to have his dream come true. The story has a nice pace, a good plot, and erotic scenes that gravitate from teeth rattling intensity to slow sensual lovemaking. Seducing Light was a delightful read and I want to see more from Ms. Kendricks in the near future.